Sir Alex Markham is Professor of Medicine and Director of the MRC Medical Bioinformatics Centre in Leeds. He has made various contributions to medical science, is a physician and pathologist, and trained initially in medicinal chemistry. His commercial experience includes cancer drug development and introduction of DNA Fingerprinting for medico-legal applications (Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1990).
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A Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Alex served as Chairman of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) establishing the National Cancer Intelligence Network, and has been a member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Board and the National Institute of Health Research Advisory Board. He was a member of the Government’s Cancer Reform Strategy Advisory Board, has chaired numerous MRC and Wellcome Trust Committees and was a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK. He chaired the Translational Medicine Board for MRC and NIHR under the auspices of OSCHR, and was SRO for the NIHR Research Capability Programme. He now chairs the OSCHR Health Informatics Group. He is chairman of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.
Professor Markham was Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK until 2008. He received a knighthood in the 2008 New Year’s Honours for services to
medicine. He is a non-executive director of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Medicines Discovery Catapult and UK Biobank.
He also contributes to numerous European oncology initiatives, including the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research.